The BBC's February line-up

The BBC have sent through the following details on their February UK Region 2 DVD line-up...

2nd February 2004:

Essential Poems (To Fall In Love With) - £12.99 - This release features love poems from the BBC Two series read by a host of performers including Ralf Little, Amanda Holden, Andrew Lincoln, Stephen Tompkinson and Ioan Gruffudd. Among the authors are Shakespeare, Wendy Cope, Tennyson, Maya Angelou, DH Lawrence and John Hegley.

9th February 2004:

Only Fools And Horses - 1996 Christmas Trilogy - All three 1996 Only Fools And Horses Xmas Specials: Heroes And Villains, Modern Men and Time On Our Hands are present in this box set with a retail price of £34.99, or available separately at a retail price of £15.99 each.

Perfect Strangers - £19.99 - Written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, Perfect Strangers is a revelatory family drama that centres on a grand family reunion of the Symon dynasty. The story is seen through the eyes of Daniel Symon (Matthew Macfadyen), only child of Raymond (Michael Gambon) and Esther (Jill Baker) who live in self-imposed exile in Hillingdon.

Though extremely reluctant to attend, the eccentric, anti-social Raymond arrives with his family, and is overwhelmed by the enormity of the occasion. With the self-appointed "archive man" Stephen (Anton Lester) as their guide, the guests are shown his extraordinary collection of family photographs, that ultimately hold the key to a wealth of mysterious family secrets.

Daniel unearths a world he hardly knew existed, meeting distant and not-so-distant relatives for the first time. Fascinated by this vast, rich and varied family, he is keen to unravel the secrets that lurk beneath the glossy facade and readily adopts the role of go-between for his glamorous Aunt Alice (Lindsay Duncan) and dazzling cousins Rebecca (Claire Skinner) and Charles (Tobey Stephens), with disastrous results...

The DVD features commentary with Stephen Poliakoff and a 20 minute documentary.

Shooting The Past - £15.99 - Written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, Shooting The Past tells of the passionate battle to save a vast photographic library from the hands of American property developer Christopher Anderson (Liam Cunningham).

Anderson is attempting to convert an English country house into a modern day business school, but the staff of the house's historic photo library have other ideas and are determined not to move. Following unsuccessful attempts to sell the pictures to an ad agency, Marilyn (Lindsay Duncan) makes a personal plea to Anderson, whilst her colleague Oswald (Timothy Spall) tries another route. After seeing a picture of Anderson's mother in the library, Oswald decides to investigate Anderson's background further. It soon transpires that the key to saving the library may lie in the very pictures it contains.

Also starring Billie Whitelaw and Emilia Fox, Shooting the Past was awarded the Prix Italia for Fiction, and Royal Society of Television Awards for Best Drama Serial and Best Costume Design in a Drama.

The DVD features commentary with Stephen Poliakoff and a 20 minute documentary.

Caught On A Train - £15.99 - Written by Stephen Poliakoff and directed by Peter Duffell, the BAFTA winning Caught on a Train is a deeply moving, nightmarish drama starring the Oscar winning actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

A young English man called Peter (Michael Kitchen) boards the Ostend-Vienna express on his way to an important business meeting in Europe. His journey is immediately complicated by the arrival of two women to his train compartment. One is an independent, beautiful American girl called Lorraine (Wendy Raebeck), whom Peter is instantly attracted to. The other is Frau Messner (Dame Peggy Ashcroft), an extremely difficult and demanding older European woman. Between the two of them, different aspects of Peter's patience are tried throughout the journey with unsettling effects.

Caught on a Train was the winner of four BAFTA awards, including Best Single Play.

The DVD features commentary with Stephen Poliakoff and a 20 minute documentary.

16th February 2004:

Charles II - The Pride and the Passion - £19.99 - The reign of Charles II (1660-1685) is considered one of the most extraordinary in history. With a string of mistresses, a legion of illegitimate children and a series of cataclysmic events ravaging his country, Charles II (played by Rufus Sewell) was a dynamic personality in a decadent Royal Court. His fascinating exploits are brought to life in a powerful drama, with a thoroughly modern twist.

The DVD features a commentary from the director Joe Wright, producer Kate Harwood and writer Adrian Hodges, as well as a sixty-minute documentary about Charles' early life entitled 'The Boy Who Would Be King'.

Jonathan Creek - Series 1 And 2 Box Set - £39.99 - Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin star in the murder mystery drama series Jonathan Creek. Jonathan, magic expert and amateur sleuth extraordinaire, turns out to be less successful in his relationship with investigative crimewriter, Maddy Magellen.

This four disc DVD box set includes all eleven episodes from the entire first and second series (including the pilot episode) with some additional special features - an exclusive documentary "Long Hair and Duffel Coat" and commentary by director Marcus Mortimer and David Renwick.

The Old Grey Whistle Test: Volume 3 - £19.99 - This is the last chapter in the DVD tribute to the UK's most influential live music show and features more great performances from the 70s and 80s including David Bowie, The Jam, Sade, Andy Kershaw, Simple Minds, The Bangles, Edwyn Collins and Jools Holland.

Also included are newly filmed interviews with presented Bob Harris, founding producer Mike Appleton and musicians Roger Daltrey, Hamish Stuart, Roddy Frame, Rick Wakeman, Nick Lowe, Robin Trower, Edwyn Collins, Jools Holland and Bob Geldof talking about how the Whistle Test team put Live Aid together.

Special features include a commentary by original presenters Mark Ellen, David Hepworth and Andy Kershaw, an artists' gallery, a view by year and a view by presenter.

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